Borussia Dortmund v Ajax Prediction: Champions League 03.11.2021
Germany takes on the Netherlands on Wednesday on one of the standout fixtures from matchday four. Borussia Dortmund holds the home advantage over Ajax on Wednesday from 20:00 GMT. This Group C match will be enjoyed by a capacity crowd with the majority of those in attendance hoping to see Borussia Dortmund defeat Ajax and enhance their hopes of playing in Europe in the new year. With a competitive contest expected, millions more will follow the play live on television.
This is a meeting of the top two sides in the pool and the winner of this match will secure their passage to the next round of the tournament, able to look ahead to knockout football and they’ll likely do that as winners of the pool. The beaten team will become involved in a battle with Sporting Lisbon for the runners up place. At present, this group looks to be a two-horse race involving Dortmund and Ajax but as any follower of football at this level knows, things can change in a match.
These teams met last month in the Netherlands and Ajax enjoyed a comfortable win in front of their fans, easing to a 4-0 victory. They will be out to do the double, believing they have the measure of Dortmund but the Germans will be keen on revenge, chasing a win that would keep them in the running for pole position. These teams have met five times previously with Ajax on three wins and Dortmund on two. They have never produced a draw and Dortmund know they can’t afford to start now if they want to qualify as group winners.
Dortmund lost their perfect record
Borussia Dortmund enter this match sitting second in Group C with six points bagged from their first three games. They got off to the perfect start when winning each of their first two outings, beating Sporting Lisbon and Besiktas to match Ajax stride for stride. The two best teams in the division, level on six points, met on matchday three in the Netherlands. It was a shootout for top spot but Dortmund fans saw their side come up short. They are now three points off the pace set by Ajax who hold a 100% record but there’s still plenty to play for. Win this game and the race for pole will be back on.
Since losing 4-0 away to Ajax we have seen Borussia Dortmund play in three matches in the league and cup. They began that run with a 3-1 away win over Arminia Bielefeld before beating FC Ingolstadt in the DFB German Cup. Those were two games they were expected to win but the players deserve credit for the manner in which they claimed the victories, scoring five goals and conceding only one. That sturdy defence will be called into action again here and must perform better than they did in the Netherlands.
Borussia Dortmund warmed up for this game with a 2-0 Bundesliga win over FC Koln on Saturday. They claimed a vital three points that day thanks to goals from Hazard and Tigges who were on target near the end of the first half and on the hour mark. It was a convincing display and the perfect game to instill some much-needed confidence into the Dortmund team before they head into what will be the biggest game of their season.
Ajax are in control
It has been a few years since we have seen Ajax anywhere near their best in the Champions League. They have performed better in the UEFA Europa League but have been off the pace when mixing it with Europe’s elite. Ajax have failed to live up to expectations in past seasons but have really hit the ground running this season and are one match away from securing their spot in the next round and wrapping up top spot in the league. If they achieve that, it would be nothing less than they deserve.
The visitors travel to Germany sitting on top of the pool with a maximum of nine points on the board from three games. They have played each of the other three sides in the pool and beaten them without encountering too much fuss along the way. A closer look at Ajax’s form shows they have scored 11 goals and conceded only one, giving them one of the best goal differences in the competition. The team have already ensured their critics are forced to give them the respect they feel they deserve and show they are contenders for the Champions League trophy.
Ajax were last seen in action in this competition beating Borussia Dortmund 4-0 at the Amsterdam Arena a fortnight ago. They won the points in that game, taking the perfect record of their opponents and main rivals in the process. An own goal from Reus inside the opening 11 minutes of the game set the wheels in motion before strikes from Blind, dos Santos and Haller helped wrap up a stunning victory. Having beaten the Germans so convincingly last time, Ajax fans will want to see more of the same.
Borussia Dortmund v Ajax prediction
There’s a strong chance Borussia Dortmund will qualify from this group regardless of how they perform on Wednesday evening. Still, if they want to try to win the pool, they simply must get their revenge for that beating suffered in the Netherlands. The first goal in this game will be all-important, but Dortmund have improved since that loss to Ajax and will have more confidence in their defence to stand firm, especially at home.
Ajax arrive in Dortmund with their tails up. Not only did they beat the Germans in the reverse, but they also made a mockery of what had been billed as a potentially difficult match, creating plenty of chances, scoring four goals, keeping a clean sheet and collecting all three points. Anything resembling the performance that night should be enough to see Ajax confirm the top spot in the pool.
Champions League odds
The current betting available to 22bet members for this Champions League match has Borussia Dortmund priced at 2.38 for the win with Ajax trading at 2.67 and the draw 3.88.
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